What is the Coach Excellence Award?

Outside of parents, coaches are the most influential person in an athlete’s life. The dedication and commitment to their athletes is immeasurable, and the life lessons taught by coaches through sport transcend the athletic experience and help shape a young person’s life.

The SportsEngine TrueSport Coach Excellence Award is an award program to recognize coaches who are putting positive coaching values into action within their teams and their communities.

Nomination Process

Do you know a coach who inspires athletes and makes a positive impact on their community? Nominate them for the SportsEngine TrueSport Coach Excellence Award.

In 2020, youth sports coaches have navigated uncharted waters, making this an especially important year to recognize their efforts. SportsEngine and TrueSport are now accepting nominations for youth sports coaches who embody the values promoted by TrueSport – Sportsmanship, Character Building & Life Skills, and Clean & Healthy Performance.

Every nominee has the chance to win one of three cash prizes and a virtual visit from Mandy Marquardt, TrueSport Ambassador and Professional Track Cyclist for Team Novo Nordisk and the USA Cycling National Team.

Nomination period ends November 9, 2020.

Award Winners

Coach Jose Burgos with his Sports Engine TrueSport champion coach award

2019 – Jose Miguel Burgos

Jose Burgos, head soccer coach at Catalyst Maria High School in Chicago, Illinois was named the inaugural Coach Excellence Award winner.

Burgos joined Catalyst Maria as Head Soccer Coach and Spanish teacher in 2018. He was recognized for creating a strong supportive team community within the school and within the community-at-large to provide physical and psychological safety for his athletes. Born in Chile, Burgos emphasizes the idea of soccer as “family” and “community” rather than just a game. He organized the first-ever Catalyst Futsal Cup for 6-8 graders to begin broadening the impact and opportunities that soccer can provide for the youth in the community. Additionally, earlier this fall, Burgos initiated a GoFundMe page to begin raising funds for the under-resourced school and soccer program.

Read more about Jose’s award here.

2019 Runner-Up: Fallon Buckner (Basketball)

Coach Fallon Buckner with youth basketball team

2019 Runner-Up: Kie McCrae (NetBall)

Coach Kie McCrae with youth netball team